Mini will launch its seventh model – a two-door version of the Countryman crossover – at the Paris Motor Show later this year, and our trusty spy photographers recently spotted this prototype out testing. Many sources have stated that the car will be dubbed Countryman Coupe when it hits the market, but we've also heard rumors that the vehicle will wear the Paceman name that was given to the original concept that debuted at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Whatever it ends up being called, the two-door Countryman formula is pretty simple. The rear doors have been removed, allowing for a more swept-back roofline that integrates into an updated rear fascia. The rear end design – as previewed in these spy shots, anyway – is immediately reminiscent of the Land Rover Evoque, the Countryman's main competitor.

Mum's the word on powertrain choices, though we'd expect the four-door Countryman's range of naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines to carry over largely unchanged, mated to both front- and all-wheel drive. Stay tuned for the car's official unveiling in Paris later this year.


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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many Minis is too many? I thought a model range of three was pushing it, and now look where we are.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      The good news is that the next Cooper is supposed to shrink in size again. More like the first generation, if not smaller.
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet Jesus how many ways can they slice up essentially the same car. Hey Mini, here's an idea for another derivative: the Mini Next1: - its a regular Mini but w/ a 3rd door on the side, the tailgate opens to the left, and the front seats swivel. How about that!? Oh, and it has a white stripe down the right side.
        Colin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        Sorry, but that is exactly what I was thinking. Couldn't have put it better myself!
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's amazing how many little niches BMW can carve out!!! And supposedly make money. Listening GM? Hope and blame 2012
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        For someone who pretends to be a patriot, you seem to work hard to be as needlessly divisive as possible.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW........WTF ARE YOU DOING WITH MINI.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        Producing awesome small cars that are available with manuals no matter what option packages you add and drive exceptionally well for their respective classes?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AJ
        Making oodles and oodles of money.
      4540flossy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who said the Germans didn't have a sense of humour? If you buy this pointless ugly (and doubtlessly expensive) little car, you only have yourself to blame.
      Speed3cam
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the Land Rover Evoque, the Countryman's main competitor." AH HA HA HA HA HA That's like saying a 2005 Mazda6's main competitor is a Porsche Panamera because they could both be had in 4-door hatchback form.
      Rollk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Juke is more competition for this than a RANGE ROVER. just saying.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Countryman Coupe??? I'm fine with carmakers building something with little relevance here and there, but c'mon: this is beyond pointless.
        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        It's a coupe by name alone. The Countryman is a tall 5 door hatch, this is the 3 door, plain and simple.
          Tuga
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          How are options bad? What exactly is wrong about having multiple body choices in a single family of cars? How is this any more pointless than a 3 door Golf, or a 2 door Elantra? I'm actually defending a car i would never buy myself. I just don't get it with you people, you're either complaining about having too many choices or not having enough because " Europe gets all the nice cars ". Geez...
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          I never said I didn't know what it was. I'm simply saying, this is as pointless as it gets, especially considering the rest of their lineup.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get that everyone thinks this waters-down the Mini brand and that it's a pointless vehicle, but I don't see it that way. First, there are plenty of places in this country where a four wheel drive car is a good idea, and if you don't want to drive something huge there aren't that many options. In fact, there are very few cars out there that AWD and have two doors. A Wrangler doesn't appeal to everyone (though I don't know why) and the Evoque, even as a two door, is still nearly a foot longer than the four door Countryman. And both of those options get substantially worse gas mileage than the four door Countryman. Presumably this is going to be even smaller and get better mileage. Second, Mini has a long history of rally cars, and I think this fits that brand image pretty well. I don't think we should be too critical of a sporty entry in to the small rally car market. I think we should be applauding it.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        2 things -- first, the 4-door Countryman isn't 'huge'. At all. Second, this isn't a 'sporty entry' in any segment, especially the 'small rally car' segment.
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Nice reading comprehension you don't have there.
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too many Minis.
      sdwalker85
      • 2 Years Ago
      someone please tell me the difference in this and a regular mini cooper? besides the obvious ground clearance? unless its longer/wider than a regualr mini cooper then i could see getting one but then why not just get a clubman?
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